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Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus October 7, 8 Highlights: TN toll inches towards 10,000; Telangana fatality stands at 0.58 per cent

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News October 7, 8 Highlights: 86.65 percent of patients have recovered and the case fatality rate stands at 0.58 percent in Telangana.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai | Updated: October 9, 2020 9:29:52 am
Health workers carry out COVID-19 tests in Telangana. (File)

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News October 7, 8 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 5447 positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state tally to 6,35,855. Among these, Chennai reported 1369 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 1,76,779. The state recorded 67 deaths, putting the state toll at 9984. 61 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities.

Also Read | Edappadi Palaniswami is AIADMK’s Chief Ministerial candidate for 2021 election

As of Wednesday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 45,135. According to a bulletin released by the Health and Family Welfare Department of Tamil Nadu, 77,25,962 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 91,401 samples having been sent yesterday.

The state discharged 5524 patients following treatment Wednesday, putting the total number of recoveries at 5,80,736.

Also Read | Explained: Why AIADMK has chosen EPS as chief minister face

As of October 7, Telangana has reported a cumulative COVID-19 caseload of 2,06,644 cases. 86.65 percent of patients have recovered and the case fatality rate stands at 0.58 percent.

On Wednesday, 1896 new cases were reported and 2067 patients recovered. 26,368 patients are active and under treatment across the State as of today and of them, 21,724 are in home or institutional isolation.

Telangana, as per the state’s latest medical bulletin, is testing 91,264 samples per million population. About 70 percent of all cases are asymptomatic.

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18:27 (IST)08 Oct 2020
Telangana govt contemplating convening Assembly for two days to make amendments to GHMC Act, others

The Telangana government is "contemplating" convening the Legislative Assembly on October 12 and 13 to make amendments to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) Act and to make some other legislations on issues reportedly suggested by the High Court.

A final decision on the matter would be taken on Friday, an official release said on Thursday.

"The government is contemplating to convene Legislative Assembly Session on the coming Monday and Tuesday as there is a need to make some amendments to the GHMC Act and to make some Acts on suggestions made by the High Court. A final decision on the matter would be taken on Friday," it said.

The Legislative Assembly recently met from September 7 to September 16 during which it passed crucial bills on land and revenue administration and also adopted a resolution urging the Centre to confer the country's highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna on former Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao posthumously on the occasion of his ongoing birth centenary celebrations.

18:25 (IST)08 Oct 2020
Tamil Nadu man among two men arrested by NIA for 'funding' travel of IS recruits to Syria

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested two men from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka for allegedly recruiting for Islamic State (IS) and for “funding” the travel of the recruits to Syria.

Ahamed Abdul Cader, 40, from Ramanathpuram in Tamil Nadu and Irfan Nasir, 33, from Frazer town in Bengaluru were arrested by the agency on Wednesday after their names cropped up during investigations in caseS related to the Islamic State. NIA sources said while Cader is a business analyst at a bank in Chennai, Irfan Nasir is a rice merchant based in Bengaluru.

The NIA, which registered a case in the matter on September 19, has called it the “Bengaluru-ISIS module”. NIA said it has arrested the two “for having affiliation with the banned terrorist organization ISIS/ISIL/Daesh and for entering into a conspiracy to radicalize and motivate Muslim youth of Bengaluru to join ISIS, and for raising funds to facilitate their travel to Syria”.

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17:20 (IST)08 Oct 2020
EPS requests Yediyurappa to fill vacancies of Tamil teachers in Karnataka

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Thursday requested his Karnataka counterpart B S Yediyurappa to take steps to fill vacancies of Tamil teachers in government and state-aided schools, citing an association's plea.

Palaniswami said that over the years, while the Karnataka government started many Tamil schools in various districts to enable Tamil students to study in their mother tongue and granted approval as well as grants to private Tamil schools, a representation has now been received by his government on vacancies.

In a letter to Yediyurappa, he said: "We have received a representation from the Karnataka Tamil School and College Teachers Association, indicating that there are many vacancies of Tamil teachers in government and government aided schools and that the state government has also not given approval for opening new private Tamil schools. I enclose a copy of the representation for your kind perusal."

EPS urged Yediyurappa to accord permission to open new private schools with Tamil as a medium of instruction and grant them recognition and reopen recently closed schools. Also, he urged "restoration of Tamil schools, which have been converted into other language schools" besides
filling up vacancies of Tamil language teachers.

15:46 (IST)08 Oct 2020
University in Andhra Pradesh among list of 24 fake universities released by UGC

Ahead of the college admissions, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued the latest list of fake universities. A total of 24 universities have made it to the list, including Christ New Testament Deemed University in Andhra Pradesh.

Warning students, the UGC said, “A degree can be awarded, only a University established under a Central, State/Provisional Act or an institution deemed to be university”. It further said, “Students and public at large are hereby informed that presently following 24 self-styled, unrecognized institutions are functioning in contravention of UGC Act, which have been declared as fake universities,” the official notice read.

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14:28 (IST)08 Oct 2020
Explained: Why AIADMK has chosen EPS as chief minister candidate

AIADMK on Wednesday announced Edappadi K Palaniswami, popularly called EPS, as the party’s chief minister candidate. As the incumbent chief minister, and after the ouster of general secretary V K Sasikala, EPS wields the maximum power in the party and government. Still, the announcement came after many weeks of tussle between the factions led by him and the deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam (OPS) who is also a former chief minister though with a diminished support base now.

OPS held the post of CM post thrice in the past – twice when the late party supremo J Jayalalithaa had to step out of power for brief periods and finally after her death. After Jayalalithaa’s death, OPS, who was tasked to handle the role of CM by Sasikala, had broken that trust by leading a revolt against her in the party. However, his unsuccessful revolt ousted him from power with EPS, another Sasikala loyalist, replacing him after a floor test.

Unlike OPS, EPS succeeded in retaining the power he assumed in early 2017. He asserted power and space in the party even as, in the process, he was forced to merge with OPS and throw out general secretary Sasikala and her nephew TTV Dhinakaran from party posts. Sources close to him would blame BJP for making him do things he never intended to do. Even as he had also acted against Sasikala, EPS had sidelined OPS too in the party and managed to garner support of prominent associates of his predecessor.

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12:35 (IST)08 Oct 2020
424 fever clinics conducted in Chennai on Wednesday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) conducted 424 fever clinics in Chennai on Wednesday. A total of 21,379 people attended the clinics, with swabs collected from1090 people.1091 people with ILI symptoms were identified, while others were provided with medication for minor ailments.

The most number of camps were held in Teynampet (Zone 9) where 51 camps were set up, while Manali (Zone 2) had the least with four camps.

12:31 (IST)08 Oct 2020
Telangana govt to procure entire paddy, cotton harvest to check distress sales

The Telangana government will purchase the entirety of the paddy and cotton crop cultivated during the monsoon to mitigate the pandemic’s impact on farmers, Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao said Wednesday as he requested them to avoid distress sales.

The CM instructed officials to purchase paddy with less than 17 per cent moisture at a minimum support price of Rs 1,888 per quintal for grade A variety and Rs 1,868 per quintal for grade B variety. The government will set up 6,000 purchase centres in villages to facilitate the procurement.

“I urge farmers to bring their paddy and cotton to the government purchase centres instead of selling in distress,” Rao said.

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12:29 (IST)08 Oct 2020
While Chief Minister and his deputy present a united front, the AIADMK, post Jayalalithaa, may need more than that

Ending speculation of a revolt in the party, the AIADMK has declared that it will fight the assembly polls, scheduled for May 2021, under the leadership of Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami (EPS). The choice was endorsed by deputy chief minister and Palaniswami’s challenger, O Panneerselvam (OPS), whose faction had hinted at a leadership change. As a consolation to OPS, EPS acceded to his rival’s demand for a steering committee to decide party affairs, though the committee’s remit has been left vague. The truce in the party, however, could be tested when the late Jayalalithaa’s confidante, Sasikala Natarajan, returns to Tamil Nadu, most likely in November, after serving a four-year sentence in a corruption case in a Bengaluru prison.

It is to the credit of EPS and OPS that they managed to keep the AIADMK together after the demise of Jayalalithaa in 2016. Questions had been asked if the party could hold itself in the absence of Jayalalithaa since the latter had turned the party into an extension of her persona. Though the AIADMK claims the legacy of the Dravidian Movement, the party, from the time it was founded by film star, MGR, drew its public appeal from the charisma of its leader. After MGR’s death, the leadership mantle passed on to Jayalalithaa, who too had made her name in cinema before entering politics. In the post-Jayalalithaa phase, the AIADMK has shed its dependence on a single charismatic leader — largely because it has none — to evolve a collective leadership.

Two factors have helped the party guard its ground in the past four years. One, the AIADMK managed to retain its pole position in Tamil Nadu’s bipolar polity — the DMK being the other pole — by consolidating the governance legacy of MGR and Jayalalithaa and accommodating factional interests. Two, claimants to the leadership vacuum left behind by Jayalalithaa — and DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi, who passed away in August 2018 — turned out to be pretenders, who lacked ideas, guile, and commitment to build a political party that could rival the AIADMK and DMK. Kamal Haasan’s outfit failed to excite the masses whereas Rajinikanth has not even announced his party. The Congress, BJP, and the communists continue to be dependent on the two Dravidian majors to win elections.

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11:35 (IST)08 Oct 2020
English medium education to help poor, marginalised students: AP to SC

The Andhra Pradesh government has told the Supreme Court that providing education through English medium would help the poor and marginalised students and bring better opportunities for career growth.

The state government told a bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde that the Andhra Pradesh High Court order, which stayed the implementation of such plan for government-run Telugu medium schools, would limit the prospects of the students hailing from weaker strata of society.

Senior advocate KV Viswanathan, appearing for the state government, told the apex court that the most formative years of a child requires medium of instruction to be in English so that no “islands of exclusion” are created.

In April this year, the high court had set aside the order for government schools to convert the medium of instruction from Telugu to English.

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11:18 (IST)08 Oct 2020
Telangana to issue separate orders for reopening educational institutions, cinemas, entertainment parks and multiplexes

The Telangana government, while issuing Unlock 5 guidelines Wednesday, said it would issue separate orders regarding the date of opening of schools and coaching institutions as well as cinemas, theatres, multiplexes, entertainment parks and other public places. In its latest order, the government said that online or distance learning shall continue-to be the preferred mode of teaching and ‘shall be encouraged’ in colleges and Higher Education Institutions.

Only those Higher Education Institutions with research scholars (Ph.D.) and postgraduate students of technical and professional programmes requiring laboratory or experimental works are permitted to open from October 15.

For centrally funded higher education institutions, the institute head will satisfy the genuine requirement of research scholars (Ph.D.) and postgraduate students in the science and technology stream for laboratory or experimental works. All other higher education institutions like state and private universities may open only for research scholars and postgraduate students in the science and technology stream requiring laboratory/experimental works, said the order.

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10:26 (IST)08 Oct 2020
Power to be suspended in parts of Chennai today

Tangedco has announced a powercut in parts of Chennai today from 9 am to 2 pm to carry out maintenance work.

Here are the affected areas:

  • Kundrathur: Madha College (Kovoor), Melma Nagar, Budhavedu, Ragavendra Nagar Reddy Street, Samayapuram, Sadhanandapuram, Manikandan Nagar (Metro star city), Karaima Nagar, Metro Hitech City, Andan Kuppam and Metha Nagar.
  • Royapuram: MC Road, MS Koil Street, Raman Street, Thoppai Street, Venkatachalam Street, Mosque Street, Mada Church Street - East, West, North South; Parts of East, West Kalmandapam Road; NRT Salai, Venkatesan - I to IV Streets; Amman Koil - I to VIII Streets; and BC Press Road.
  • Tambaram Radha Nagar: Radha Nagar Main Road, Shanthi Nagar, Station Road, Kattabomman Street, Bharathi Street, Kalaimagal Street, South Street, Hanumar Koil, Velauthanm Street, Elumalai Street, Ramasamy Iyer Street and Parts of Naidu Shop Road.
  • Puzhal: Puzhal, Central Prison, Balaji Nagar, Sakthivel Nagar, GNT Road, Nagappa Estate, Kathirvedu, JP Nagar, Srinivasa Nagar, Surapet, Velmmal Nagar, Parts of Ambattur Road, Shanmugapuram, Sivaprakasam Nagar, Kavangarai, Redhills, Parts of GNT Road, Vandimed, Market Anna Street and Kamaraj Nagar.
09:43 (IST)08 Oct 2020
AIADMK declares Palaniswami as its CM candidate, rival OPS aides get into party panel

The ruling AIADMK on Wednesday declared Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami as the party’s CM candidate for next year’s Assembly election.

The decision, announced by Deputy Chief Minister and party coordinator O Panneerselvam at the party headquarters in the morning, was also an occasion that seemingly put an end to disagreements between the two leaders.

The party also formed a 11-member steering committee, a demand by Panneerselvam for long. Delay in formation of this committee had triggered an unease in the party — the Palaniswami faction had thus far ignored the demand, even though it was part of promises made in August 2017 when the two factions merged, leaders close to Panneerselvam pointed out.

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09:42 (IST)08 Oct 2020
126 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities

A total of 126 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities today, with 63 arrivals and 63 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

09:39 (IST)08 Oct 2020
Cases on the rise in Chennai as city reports 1369 fresh cases

Tamil Nadu recorded 5447 positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state tally to 6,35,855. Among these, Chennai reported 1369 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 1,76,779.

The state recorded 67 deaths, putting the state toll at 9984. 61 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities.The state discharged 5524 patients following treatment Wednesday, putting the total number of recoveries at 5,80,736.

As of Wednesday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 45,135. Till date, 3,83,967 males, 2,51,857 females and 31 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in the state.

According to a bulletin released by the Health and Family Welfare Department of Tamil Nadu, 77,25,962 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 91,401 samples having been sent yesterday.

09:36 (IST)08 Oct 2020
70% of cases in Telangana are asymptomatic

As of October 7, Telangana has reported a cumulative COVID-19 caseload of 2,06,644 cases. 86.65 percent of patients have recovered and the case fatality rate stands at 0.58 percent.

On Wednesday, 1896 new cases were reported and 2067 patients recovered. 26,368 patients are active and under treatment across the State as of today and of them, 21,724 are in home or institutional isolation.

Telangana, as per the state’s latest medical bulletin, is testing 91,264 samples per million population. About 70 percent of all cases are asymptomatic.

09:36 (IST)08 Oct 2020
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18:06 (IST)07 Oct 2020
Drugs case: ED questions Kerala CPM gen secy’s son

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday questioned Binish Kodiyeri, the son of Kerala CPI(M) general secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, in connection with alleged financial transactions he had with a suspect arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) for peddling drugs in Bengaluru.

A senior ED official said Binish was summoned and questioned on Tuesday with regard to his links to Mohammed Anoop, 38, who was arrested by the NCB on August 22. Anoop and two others had been arrested on the basis of information that they were involved in supplying drugs at rave parties in Bengaluru.

The NCB probe has revealed that Binesh had given funds to Anoop to help him start a hotel business in Bengaluru.

Binish was earlier questioned by the ED in Kerala over alleged links to persons arrested in connection with a gold-smuggling racket in the state.

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18:06 (IST)07 Oct 2020
Telangana govt to purchase paddy from farmers in villages

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Wednesday said paddy would be purchased from farmers in full in villages and various government agencies would be sent to rural areas for the purpose in view of the continuing threat of COVID-19. Rao, who held a meeting with ministers and officials, said farmers need not come to markets with their paddy produce as the government agencies would reach out to them.

According to an official release, the chief minister has made it clear that paddy would be purchased in full scale at the village level. Paddy with less than 17 per cent moisture would be purchased by the state government at a Minimum Support Price (MSP) of Rs. 1,888 per quintal for Grade A variety and Rs. 1,868 per quintal for the B Grade variety.

The chief minister instructed the agriculture, marketing and civil supplies department officials to take necessary steps during crop harvesting in villages.

17:41 (IST)07 Oct 2020
List of 46 containment zones in Chennai

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) has identified 46 containment zones in Chennai till date.

Here are the names of the streets across the city's 15 zones:

  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 2 containment zones

    Kolathur - Anjugam Nagar 2nd Street and Poompuhar Nagar 25th Street 
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 23 containment zones

    Ambattur - Lenin Nagar 9th Cross Street; ENR Street Vinayagapuram Oragadam, New Anna Nagar 4th Cross Street, Pillaiyar Koil Street East Banu Nagar, Cholapuram - 6th Main Road; 1st Main Road Thendral Nagar, Korattur - Pandiyan Street Thathanakuppam, TNHB, Station Road; Athipet - New Century Road; Padi - Yadava Street, Park Road, North Park Road, Mettukulam; Anna Nagar West Extension - TVS Avenue; Thirumangalam - TNHB Flat; Mogappair West - 3rd Block, Mogappair East - Vellalar Street, 12th Block Pachaipparsalai, VGN Raksha Church Street; and Mogappair - Trinity Church Road Golden George and Mohan Ram Nagar
  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 2 containment zones

    Ayanavaram - New Street and Palayakara Street
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 4 containment zones

    Choolaimedu - Ameerjohn Street and Triplicane - Akbar Street, Vallabha Agraharam and Thandavarayan Mudali Street
  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 3 containment zones

    Rukamani Street, Kiruba Shankar Street and Annamalai Nagar 3rd Street
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 1 containment zone

    Phase I 17th Cross Street
  • Alandur (Zone 12) - 5 containment zones

    Mugalivakkam - Suba Shree Nagar 4th Street; Adambakkam - Surendar Nagar 4th Street; Suprabatha Flat C1 Ram Nagar 4th Main Road and Nanganallur - Voltas Colony 1st Street and Hindu Colony 1st Street
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 4 containment zones

    Velachery - Gandhi Nagar, ASK Nagar 1st Cross Street; Adambakkam - Mahalakshmi Nagar 7th Cross Street and Kalaignar Nagar 4th Street
  • Sholinganallur (Zone 15) - 2 containment zones

    Neelankarai - Periya Neelankarai Kuppam and Kadaikuttaimedu - Gandhi Nagar
16:13 (IST)07 Oct 2020
Active cases in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh among six states with less than 10% of caseload

For 15 of the last 20 days now, the daily recoveries in India have remained higher than the detection of new cases of coronavirus infections, a development that has significantly eased the disease burden in the last three weeks.

The active cases have dropped by more than one lakh in the last three weeks.

On Tuesday, a little over 72,000 new cases were detected, while more than 82,000 people were declared to have recovered from the disease. It continued the recent, rather inexplicable, trend of declining new cases, which has seen the daily counts drop off from the 90,000s to the 70,000s. Tuesday’s daily count of new cases touched a fresh low for the last three weeks, apart from the Mondays when the numbers decline by a big margin because of low testing on Sunday.

In at least six states, active cases are now less than 10 per cent of the total caseload. These include high caseload states like Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Bihar. It means more than 90 per cent of the people who have been infected with the virus in these states have recovered.

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AIADMK coordinator O Panneerselvam announces Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami as the party's chief ministerial candidate for the upcoming 2021 Tamil Nadu Assembly elections, at the party office in Chennai, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. (PTI)

The ruling AIADMK on Wednesday declared Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami as the party’s CM candidate for next year’s Assembly election. The decision, announced by Deputy Chief Minister and party coordinator O Panneerselvam at the party headquarters in the morning, was also an occasion that seemingly put an end to disagreements between the two leaders.

READ | AIADMK declares Palaniswami as its CM candidate, rival OPS aides get into party panel

The party also formed a 11-member steering committee, a demand by Panneerselvam for long. Delay in formation of this committee had triggered an unease in the party — the Palaniswami faction had thus far ignored the demand, even though it was part of promises made in August 2017 when the two factions merged, leaders close to Panneerselvam pointed out.

Also Read | Tamil Nadu: Preacher suspended over complaints of sexual harassment of schoolgirls

The upcoming elections to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) and other urban local bodies (ULBs) will be conducted using ballot paper, due to Covid-19 and other factors, the Telangana State Election Commission (SEC) announced Monday. The SEC had recently sought the opinions of political parties in this regard.

READ | Amid Covid-19, polls to Hyderabad civic corporation, other ULBs to use ballot papers

Speaking to indianexpress.com, K Partha Sarathi, the state election commissioner, said that along with the pandemic, multiple factors made the SEC choose ballots over EVMs, one of them being the non-availability of VVPATs.

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